227 reviews
  1. City in Texas
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Real Estate
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$95,000
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$775
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    284
    264
  • Murder
    6
    5
  • Rape
    77
    37
  • Robbery
    106
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    907
    575
  • Theft
    3,221
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    300
    257

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$42,766
National
$53,046
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Abilene Reviews

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Abilene is a very family-oriented and conservative town. It is very centered around art culture! There is a church on just about every corner in town, and there are a multitude of family-friendly events that anyone can enjoy!
Abilene is a very quiet and comfortable little town. They are very friendly to military and have quite a few decent restaurants. I grew up in big cities so I'm not used to small towns, but, the lifestyle here in Abilene would be great for any family. They Abilene has the most churches of any town of its size. The zoo locate in this town is surprising. This is considered a military town since they cater to the military and its occupants. This city is within 2 hours of the nearest big city of Dallas/Fort Worth area. The neighboring cities of Wylie and Tye are considered up and coming because of the influx in oil drilling.
I like how Abilene is large enough to have everything we need but doesn't have the big city feel. It is close enough to many of the larger cities for weekend or longer getaways. Many family friendly festivities happen throughout the year in the downtown part of the city. My only complaint about Abilene is that they keep expanding, adding more Wal-Marts, where there shouldn't be. There are so many empty buildings from closed businesses that go unused and these new places come in and build new buildings somewhere else.